Autonomous rendezvous and docking technologies: status and prospects

@inproceedings{Wertz2003AutonomousRA,
  title={Autonomous rendezvous and docking technologies: status and prospects},
  author={James R. Wertz and Robert A. Bell},
  booktitle={SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing},
  year={2003}
}
  • J. Wertz, R. Bell
  • Published in
    SPIE Defense + Commercial…
    6 August 2003
  • Engineering
In general, autonomous rendezvous and docking requires that two spacecraft start at a remote distance (i.e., out of sight of each other), come together into a common orbit, rendezvous, dock, and control the new combined spacecraft in both orbit and attitude. Doing this requires developing and testing a variety of new technologies including absolute and relative autonomous navigation, autonomous rendezvous and docking hardware and software (both sensors and actuators), and autonomous control of… 

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